More than 100 firefighters battled an early morning fire that badly damaged a 7-Eleven store Friday in Wantagh, officials said.
Firefighters worked for more than an hour before the flames were brought under control, the officials said.
Even then, small pockets of fire continued to burst from the smoldering remains for two more hours, according to Kevin Regan, a spokesman for the Wantagh Fire Department.
There were no injuries, he said.
Nassau County police said the Arson Squad and the fire marshal responded.
The fire started in the area above the ceiling, but investigators were unable to enter because of the damage to the building, said James Hickman, division supervisor with the county Fire Marshal’s Office.
“It was occupied and operating at the time. They reported smoke coming down, and rapidly thereafter sparks and flames, and they evacuated the building,” Hickman said. He said the cause of the blaze has not been determined.
Regan said the first call to the Wantagh fire dispatcher came at 1:37 a.m. “This was followed by several additional calls from patrons and persons passing by reporting that the fire was through the roof,” he said.
He said the Hempstead Town building inspector had been called to the scene to assess the stability of the badly damaged store, which is on Sand Hill Road, just north of the Southern State Parkway.
Other fire units responded to the scene from Seaford, North Bellmore, Bethpage, Bellmore and Levittown, Regan said.